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hiking
1 day ago

I’m going to miss this hike and the Fraser valley. Love you always

Definitely need snow shoes for the last bit. Got there super early and didn’t see anyone until I was almost down- tons of skiers. I went on a Sunday morning. Bring GPS as ski trails can be mistaken as actual trail.

hiking
snow
1 day ago

Fun trail. Ice underneath the snow. Needed cleats. The trail above the bridge was a little dice. Made for a little adventure

Snow shoe or ski in. Otherwise you post hole. Busier than I wanted it yesterday morning. Trail condition is great. Mostly established main trails.. Packed snow on trails until you start climbing the last steep 1000 feet then it’s deep snow country and would be difficult without a reliable flotation devise (snowshoe or ski) The first lake we run into was frozen. To ski or snow shoe? If you ski here you glide. You snowshoe? Hard work = great toned legs! :) either way this place is relatively close to DENVER and offers amazing views and tons of photo ops with other like minded humans. And its as cliche as the saying “it‘s worth it”! Happy trails!

Great snow, great trail! Snowshoed up to the lower lake this morning. Started at about 9:30, done by 1:30. Definitely need snowshoes as we were breaking trail in tons of powder up by the lake. Also, snow is great all the way from the trailhead, so best to wear your snowshoes or skins/skis to keep the snow pack as smooth as possible for others.

If the parking lot is windy, don't worry. There is great tree cover all the way up to the lakes. The first mile is packed snow, but you can still wear your snowshoes. You will need them. The last mile is a steep climb up and traction is crucial. I continued to the upper lake and followed someone's else's tracks. Snow was knee deep - fun! Took me 3.25 hours RT.

hiking
scramble
snow
3 days ago

Great day hike trail in the winter. Lots of cute pups along the way and a great payoff at the end. A bit slippery coming back - Would rec bringing spikes, yak trax, poles or snow shoes if you have them. Still doable if you don’t!

Nothing short of amazing. I have done this hike four times this year but the winter brings a whole new beauty to this hike. Waterfall is mostly frozen. Beautiful take your camera.

Made it to the lower crater lakes. Started at 9am and was back at the parking lot by 12:30pm. The last mile is a good upwards climb. Snowshoes only needed up top when you're exploring the lakes. I had crampons on otherwise.

Snowshoed 1/12/19. Tracks were easy to follow. Fairly gradual for the first couple of miles. The last mile is pretty steep so be prepared for a climb

Made it to the upper lake on snowshoes! Lots of people on skis up to the lower lakes, but I'm not sure it would be possible for most to make it to upper lake on skis - very steep! You'll need one or the other to make it to the first lakes, started postholing about half a mile from them.

Started around 8:30, got back to the car around 4, with lots of breaks and trail breaking and route finding slowing us down. Absolutely worth the effort! So beautiful.

Wow for sure the best snowshoe I've done so far in Colorado. This trail was magical in the snow! Even the drive there was delightful. It can be hard to tell which tracks to follow, but if you keep following the signs for the trail you'll get to the lake eventually! If you go up a little beyond the lake it is heckin steep but the views are stunning and majestic this trail was the best.

One of my favorite trails I’ve ever hiked!! Love the river that’s right next to you and the scenery is amazing!! Definitely a must do!!

snowshoed this trail 1/6/2019

beginning of trail needed just our micro spikes, transitioned to snowshoes a couple miles in. For a Sunday not busy at all..we arrived around 10am...plenty of parking. HIGHLY recommend some sort of GPS device...as you can follow 1 wrong set of snowshoe prints and add an extra mile (which made it waaaaay harder). we only went to the lower lakes as we were cold by that point. we plan on returning in the summer!

snowshoeing
18 days ago

Started off around 9:30 today. Beautiful day for a perfect snowshoeing trail! Honestly I used my micro spikes up until about 1/2 miles from the lake. The snow was perfectly packed. Only saw about 6 people all day, two skiers as well.

Hiked to Lake Dorothy up the Arapahoe pass on Sept 17, 2018. A beautiful day, we arrived at the trail head at 8:30 AM and were able to find a legal parking space just down the hill from the camping area. We only saw 5 other hikers the entire trip; one woman coming down, two college men who passed us on the way up and three people going up on our way down.
Very windy at the lake, The "shelter" at the the lake is little more than an organized pile of rocks that is too short to protect you from the wind. The Arapahoe trail was protected from the wind, and the sunny south exposure was very pleasant. Completed the 7.6 mile round trip in a little less than 4 hours with a lunch break at the lake.

snowshoeing
21 days ago

Great trail for snowshoeing right now! Went on 1/1/19 and saw maybe 6 people (mostly skiers) on the way up, spent 30 minutes alone at the first lake, then passed lots of people on the way down. Would recommend getting to the trail head before 9 a.m. to avoid the crowds.

cross country skiing
21 days ago

Beautiful trail, not quite steep enough to coast the whole way down but a solid run with some fun sections and tons of snow in late December.

snowshoeing
23 days ago

Hiked 12.30.18. Good hike after about the first mile or so, you can hear a lot of traffic and noise which isn't super pleasant. After about a mile it gets quiet. We brought snowshoes but only needed our microtraxs. After about a mile and a half the snow was less packed and snowshoes would have been useful, however, the trail is very narrow and I think it would have been difficult to use snowshoes. Anyway, it's a good little hike.

For being so close to Boulder, I was amazed that there were as few people on the trail as there were. Completed the hike on 12/30 and the snow was pretty good - it’s certainly possible to do this in spikes, but I switched out my spikes for snowshoes after about a quarter mile and had a much better experience that way. The views at the top are gorgeous and do not disappoint! Highly recommend.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

I’ve done this trail both in the summer and winter now. Absolutely beautiful! As most trails, significantly less busy during the winter. Snowshoes are pretty much necessary this year after the second bridge (because we’ve had so much snow already this season!). The trail can be difficult to follow when you’re about 1/2 mile from the first lake, especially in new snow and with misleading tracks. Make sure to have your gps up, and if you’re able, make it to the second lake!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Excellent trail! We loved it! My first time snowshoeing. The trail was well marked and very scenic.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike at the end of November (11/30/18). Heavy snow kept us from attempting the last quarter mile but I was playing it safe with my girlfriend. It's doable but slick. Really enjoyed the canopied hiking and rushing creek.

Awesome hike with stunning mountain views, wildflowers, and a beautiful lake. Perfect for a single day hike. Get there early for parking when the weather is nice.

Attempted this over the weekend at the height of the snowfall. Did not complete the hike as the split in the trail to head to Crater Lakes was completely covered in snow. We followed some "fresh" prints but soon realized that even with GPS and a big ego/pride, it could not be completed with the current conditions. I do not think that this can be completed with confidence with new snowfall or even existing trail conditions. Beautiful otherwise with amazing views of the Moffat Tunnel and surrounding areas. Still giving it 5 stars as I know the end result is amazing but nature didnt allow for views this weekend.

*Use extra caution during snow storms when entering/leaving the road on the trail. The snow gets high enough to not visibility to the edges of the road. I lost control of my vehicle and luckily, it took some digging and persistence to get out. Just be extra careful during the winter months even if you have good tires and all wheel drive.

hiking
2 months ago

Overall an easy hike and definitely beautiful with all of the snow! The trail was mostly snow packed, so easy enough to hike. We brought our shoe spikes, but probably would've been fine without. A couple miles in, the trail does just kind of stop, with no more footprints to follow, so it's shorter than the full 7 miles, but still worth it for a slightly shorter hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Only hiked a small portion, but it was beautiful.

Nice trail go a shot day hike

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked half with young kids. Beautiful trail.

Stunning views of the peaks all around. Pretty lakes below. Perfect distance for a great day hike.

As of October 28, the road up was perfectly clear, and the route has some snow and ice on it, but doable, especially if you have trax or poles. The wind on the pass was crazy, probably 70 mph-- enough to knock you off your feet if you're not bracing yourself. That and the snow on the other side kept us from going any further than the pass, but it was well worth just being on top. Great hike.

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